MUNICH – BMW Group achieved its highest sales for the first six months of the year, with a total of 954,521 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 6 percent more than the same period last year (prev. yr. 900,566).
Sales in June also reached an all-time high with 184,489 vehicles sold worldwide last month, an increase of 6.9 percent more than the previous year (172,528).
“The BMW Group achieved its best ever sales figures in the first half of this year and last month, despite the prevailing headwinds in some European markets,” said Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW. “We aim to continue our sales growth in the second half of the year with new models such as the BMW 5 Series, which is launched this month and the third generation of the highly successful BMW X5 which arrives later in the year. Additional new models such as the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and the BMW 4 Series Coupé will also provide for further impetus.”
Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles climbed 9.4 percent to 153,075 units (prev. yr. 139,879) in the month under review. A total of 804,248 BMW brand vehicles (prev. yr. 747,089) have been delivered to customers worldwide since the start of the year – an increase of +7.7 percent. The BMW 3 Series was one of the brand’s growth drivers in the first half year with 236,215 units sold, an increase of 21.8% over the same period last year (prev. yr. 193,996).
The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo had a successful start in June with around 1,500 vehicles sold. The BMW X1 reported healthy gains in the first six months with a total of 79,061 vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 22.8 percent compared to last year (prev. yr. 64,387). Demand for the BMW X3 remained strong, with sales climbing to 77,959 vehicles in the first half year (prev. yr. 74,099/ +5.2 percent). The BMW 5 Series continued its success story with 169,593 units sold in the first half of the year (prev. yr. 166,097/ +2.1 percent). The current sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series is the best-selling generation so far and the clear leader in its segment.
The BMW 6 Series had an excellent first six months with sales climbing 35.4 percent to 14,012 units (prev. yr. 10,345).
MINI sales were slightly down last month with 31,102 deliveries worldwide (prev. yr 32.339/ -3.8 percent). Year-to-date, MINI worldwide sales are at around last year’s level with 148,798 units sold in the first six months (151,877/ -2.0 percent). MINI could compensate for the headwinds in some European markets through solid growth in several other markets including Mainland China (12,070/ +6.3 percent), Russia (1,350/ +10.4 percent) and Mexico (2,132/ +15.1 percent).